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Rheumatoid Arthritis And Social Security Disability

Many people as they get older develop rheumatoid arthritis, which causes joint pain that can be so severe that it debilitates a person and inhibits his or her ability to operate and use their joints properly. When this medical condition is particularly severe, it can prevent a person from being able to work, in which case, a person with rheumatoid arthritis can seek Social Security disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the joints and produces inflammation. Usually starting in the joints located in the extremities, the condition can progress inward towards the body’s core. Joints are often stiff, warm, swollen, and are unable to move. Nodules can form on the joints, and over time the joints can become permanently deformed and no longer functional.

Social Security Disability Benefits for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, comprise one grouping of disorders that are specifically provided for in Section 14 of the Social Security Administration’s Disability Evaluation Under Social Security book of conditions and illnesses that are eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

In order to be eligible for Social Security disability benefits because of your rheumatoid arthritis, you must be able to demonstrate your symptoms in one of a number of ways. The most common demonstration of rheumatoid arthritis involves showing that the condition is:

Affecting your arm joints in such a way and to such a degree that you are unable to perform work tasks;
Affecting your leg joints, rendering you unable to walk, or only able to walk with great difficulty or only with a walking aid;
So far along that you have at least one major inflamed or deformed joint, with the involvement of two body systems and two of any of the four typical symptoms associated with this condition (the symptoms being fever, malaise, fatigue and weight loss); or
Producing repeat flare ups of the condition combined with symptoms such as fever, malaise, fatigue or weight loss, that prevent you from engaging in your normal life activities.


Work With An Arizona Disability Lawyer

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disabling medical condition that qualifies your for Social Security disability benefits. A Social Security disability claim lawyer can assist you with the application process and can help you with any denials of your claim that you might encounter. The experienced Arizona Social Security disability lawyers at Snow, Carpio & Weekley, PLC are familiar with the Social Security disability system and can help you navigate it.

Helping our clients obtain the Social Security disability benefits that they need is something that we are committed to at Snow, Carpio & Weekley, PLC. An experienced Social Security disability lawyer will fight for your rights. Please call us at 855-325-4781 to schedule a free initial consultation. If your disability prevents you from visiting one of our offices, we can make arrangements to come to you.

 

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